delphinium

18 Jun

delpheniumI planted delphinium seeds several years ago but, I thought, with no luck.  In the meantime I’ve moved all the perennials from this spot, which had become too large to manage, to two smaller beds on the other side of the yard.  When these sprouted, I thought they were coreopsis I had missed in transplanting, so I was really surprised to see the purple blossoms.

These are Chinese delphiniums, as opposed to the candle variety which has more tightly clustered blossoms.  They look like they would be nice in a traditional bouquet, and they are, but delphiniums tend to drop their flowers shortly after they’re cut so they’re best enjoyed if left growing in the garden.

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